Poverty is a state of mind… says Ben Carson

His argument is that if you have the right state of mind you can have everything taken away from you and get everything back. I’m sorry been, but not everybody is Job from the Bible. And even their God had to give him everything back because he was destroyed by losing everything.

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There is always room for improvement

So I am away from school and back at work because it is summer time.
It has been months and months since I have worked at my office and there are so much that I have forgotten. There is so much that has changed. Not only are there program changes and computer changes there have been changes in me. And also I’ve been hanging out in the more relaxed atmosphere for the last nine months so I have to relearn how to acclimatize, is that a word?, to a formal structure and hierarchy of power.
Here is where we hope my supervisors are filled with lots and lots of patience. I can remember from my earliest days being pulled into the principal’s office so the supervisor’s office and it always still fills me with that sense of dread, the what did I do now? The is it going to end the world? The cold sweat the flop sweat they’re nervousness.
There’s a growth curve and I are old enough to adapt gracefully but I do not know if I am emotionally skilled enough to.

The Lice Comb 

Next we were picking oranges and ants dropped into her hair.

This lice comb may be my favorite possession in the whole world. I am also so very grateful to be able to take a shower and at end of my personal hygiene needs. I do keep in mind all the people who do not have that luxury.

DPSS Customer Service …

Needs an update. “14545 Lanark Street” has not been the Van Nuys DPSS office for over a year yet thos is the address the automated system gives out.


14545 Lanark St is an abandoned and boarded up building with homeless people living in the underground parking , or thos was true the last time I looked at it.
The correct location is the Zev Yaroslavsky Family Service building just past The Plant on Van Nuys Blvd.

Also, it is super hard to navigate to the point of speaking to a customer service rep. It took me 20 minutes of menu hopping before discovering  the key sequence , and for 10 more minutes I have been on hold.

Mis-information and hidden services are not “effective and caring service”. I am sure the county means to do better.
I also had to keep the call center worker from giving out a worker’s phone number just becaise it was ” too hard” for him to look up a case.

Food Drive Tips

This weekend is the Stamp Out Hunger , letter carriers food drive. 

Here are some tips to make your donations go as far as possible: 

Food Drive tips

It may be awhile before your food is sorted so please donate items that do not need to be refrigerated before being given out.

Breakable items tend to break and squishable items like bread had to get squished so make sure your packaging is sturdy.

You might love sardines and other Specialty Foods, but we don’t know what the people who are receiving the food will like. Common and traditional food are the best donations because they can  be given out to most anyone.

Donating things may make you feel really great and it is a good opportunity to clean out your cabinets of food that you fight but me never eat. With that in mind, please check the expiration dates on your food because we cannot donate food that has already expired.

Spirituality and Mental Health

I am at the Cathederal ofOur Lady of Angels on Temple Street in Los Angeles for a Los Angeles Country DMH mental health conference. 

First, as a happy little Methodist I must say that Catholic churches floor me. I was born in a hospital populated with Carmelite nuns. For years I thought of becoming a nun until I realized that the Methodist church is nun-less. 

Second, talk of ‘moral injury’ is fascinating.  I’ve become accustomed to separating the material from the physical.  After a semester of Theroies of Health and Mental Health, I have managed to blend brain anatomy with research theories. My capacity to hold multiple concepts in my head at once.

I completed my last paper for the semester at 3 this morning and I am so tired, but exhaustion is no excuse to not work on myself and ability to help others, right?  I am sitting here with my favorite Professor, Tamara from USC.

Core Beliefs, as illustrated by The Oatmeal

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“This comic was inspired by this three-part series on the backfire effect from the You Are Not So Smart Podcast.

If you want to learn more about the backfire effect and other related behaviors (confirmation bias, deductive reasoning, etc), I highly recommend listening to the whole thing:
Podcast Part 1Podcast Part 2Podcast Part 3” – the Oatmeal

also, as I pointed out to my friend Ally Alberts Howard, the Amygdala looks like a seahorse in real life. Wanna see?

The Amygdala looks like a seahorse.

Goodness of Fit in Volunteering

Created with Microsoft Fresh PaintEarlier this week I got an early morning text from one of my more interesting acquaintances. He wanted to know if I worked with the homeless population because he was interested in exploring involvement with these services.

Happy dancing ensued. I have no rhythm so it was ugly – but joyful. About 4 years ago I tried to connect this dude with some like minds. Not because of the good work he could do – and yes, he is fully capable of great good things – but because I always like a good romance, or in this case, I smell a BROMANCE.

Do you ever think about the people you know from all of your social circles and realize that you could play a rousing hand of “Go Fish” with the matches and pairs of similar people in your hand? No? Oh, well I do. I amuse myself by thinking about pairings of people the same way that others make combinations of chocolate and wine. I love people, so this is what I do.

I want to introduce S* and R* (who are already cohorts) to J*. R has a depth of soul that few humans manage to know exist, much less achieve. Goodness drips out of his pours but he is no hippy slacker, he is a “type A” go-getter with awesome chef skills. I am perpetually bummed that I am not more like him.  S is all kinds of personality fun. He can toss out one-liners while balancing double column accounts and quoting insulin price fluctuations. He is a patient and awesome father and he lets my little daughter play with his in his office. Enter J. J is fun, he goes places, does things, knows stuff and is learning to cook (do you hear that R, he cooks!). He runs a concierge tech business with a couple of other guys so I know that male friendship is in his wheelhouse.

Why is this important to me? Well, because great changes come from great teams – and great teams have teammates  who like each other and respect the products of the groupings.

I am hoping this works out, I smell Bromance and great things.